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Santa — and Friends — Around Philly

Santa is busy, but not too busy to visit with the children of Philadelphia this year! See where you can find him!

This season, Santa will be busy in Philadelphia — making appearance in LOVE Park, at the mall, and even in your own neighborhoods. Check out this round-up of some of the places around the city where you can catch Mr. Claus before Christmas.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Through December 24

Santa’s hours: Friday & Saturday from 12-end of market; daily from Dec. 16-24

LOVE Park 1600 JFK Blvd, and City Hall North Apron and Courtyard 

Many wait awhile for a chance to meet and take photos with the LOVE Park Santa, so lines can be long, but, fortunately, there’s a lot to do at this open-air German Christmas market. Holiday sights and sounds include thousands of twinkling lights, decorations, theme weekends and live music PLUS a ferris wheel, kid’s train and double-decker carousel. Storytimes, wine tasting, a Make-A-Wish wall, and more an 100 stalls round out this ho-ho-holiday experience. 

Fashion District Philadelphia

Through December 24; hours vary

9th and Market Streets

St. Nick will make an appearance at this Center City shopping hub. Reservations are required. Hours vary by day and change on Christmas eve so check the site before you go. 

Macy’s Dickens Village

Through December 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

1300 Market St.

Families who look forward to their annual holiday visit to Macy’s Center City can enjoy a 6,000 square foot walk-through Dickens’ Village lights experience and book a reservation time to meet with Santa who will be available for photos through Christmas Eve.

Philadelphia Mills

Through December 24

1455 Franklin Mills Circle

Reserve your spot ahead of time to take a photo with Santa at Philadelphia Mills.

Holidays on the Hill

Saturdays through December 24

The Market at the Fareway, 8221 Germantown Ave

Give Santa your wish list, take a picture, and enjoy the local food stalls and restaurants – or a beer from Chestnut Hill Brewing Co – along with a warm outdoor fire and waterfall feature that entrances kids. 

Holidays on South Street

December 3, 12-4 p.m.

Headhouse Shambles, 2nd and Pine Streets

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be at the Shambles for the annual tree lighting at 4 pm; plus get your holiday shopping started with the Sisterly Love Food Fair and Holiday Market.

Northern Liberties Pop-Up Market

December 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

North Bowl, 990 N. 2nd St.

This pop-up shopping experience features over 30 vendors plus you can take photos with Krampus, the counterpart to Saint Nicolas in Alpine folklore.

Jingle and Mingle with Santa

December 3, 10, and 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Franklin Square, 6th and Race Streets

Presented in partnership with the African American Museum, kids get to meet the big guy at Franklin Square as a part of their many winter festivities.

Brunch with Santa at Figo

December 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Figo Ristorante, 1033 N. 2nd St.

Make a reservation at Figo for Sunday, December 18 to eat brunch, take photos with Santa, and make your own hot chocolate.

Eleanor Linafelt contributed to updating this article.

Lead photo courtesy of Visit Philadelphia

Philly born-and-raised (go Lancers!), Stef is a toddler and dog mom, nonprofit communications professional, and co-owner of 2StreetSammies food truck. As a freelance writer, she covers what she knows -- the trials and tribulations of parenting, as well as offers resources to help moms feel supported and hopefully, a little more sane! She also mentors young women, and volunteers for mission-driven causes to help make the city where she grew up a kinder and better place. Follow me on twitter @stefarck for parenting humor. You can also reach out with story ideas, comments, or just to say hi @ stef@familyfocus.org.